Learn about sustainability while helping out at our off-grid homestead in beautiful Northern California, USA


United States


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  • Description


    Nestled in the coastal range of Mendocino County, California (about 45 minutes west of Ukiah) we are establishing a small farm and wildlife sanctuary.  Based on principles of sustainability & permaculture our expanding ridge top garden and orchards consist of a variety of fruits, veggies, herbs and flowers. We are a vegetarian household living very simply off the grid. Our homestead is remote.

    Andreas runs his own solar company and installs both off-grid and grid tied photovoltaic systems. He has a background in mechanical engineering and is originally from Germany. I (Laura) have a background in teaching. I have taught in four countries. Currently, I am working at a local hot springs resort. Andreas and I both love to travel. We met in the Philippines and traveled between the U.S.A. and Germany for five years before purchasing land in Mendocino County.

    WE ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WITH A SENSE OF BUILDING TO HELP OUT SPRING THRU FALL 2022. We would like help with a small structure which will act as a sleeping quarters for those who come to help out on the land.


  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Come learn how to live off the grid, grow and process organic food, harvest local wild foods, make herbal products and become a land steward. Learn even more about our lifestyle creating meals and eating together at times. Conversational language practice is available throughout the day. At times we may also be working on a green building project as well.

  • Help


    Aside from garden and orchard tasks additional projects may include gathering seaweed and other native wild foods, cooking, canning, fermenting foods, making herbal preparations, habitat restoration, brush and trail clearing, small scale green building and learning how to build and maintain an off grid infrastructure and solar system. We will be sharing our knowledge and give clear directions on how to do many of the above mentioned tasks which will often be carried out with one of us or another helper.

    We are looking for self-starters  who are open minded, love to help outdoors, want to unplug and would enjoy the serenity of a mountain forest.  If you have ever thought you might like to homestead or purchase raw land then our farm would be a good place to visit.  If you are looking for a commercial farm you will not find it here.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    I am interested in learning conversational Spanish.

  • Accommodation


    RV/Camper parking is available. We can provide an indoor sleeping space in the winter, but please be prepared to camp during the dry season. We can provide a tent and sleeping bag, but due to Covid 19 we recommend that you bring your own.


  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our idea of entertainment is reading, hiking, sunbathing, stargazing, drumming and conversing around the campfire.

    Things to do in the area include enjoying the local hot springs, virgin redwood groves, rivers, beaches and historic coastal towns. Having your own car is helpful but not necessary. We can pick you up in Ukiah or Mendocino. A weekly trip into town is available.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have space for vans and small travel trailers, however access to our homestead is via 1.2 miles of dirt road.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 632736969789